Instead of enjoying spring afternoons on the Terrace, many college students are on the hunt for a summer job. Whether you are looking for an internship, full-time position or easy money, here are some tips.
1. Beef up your resume
One of the wonderful things about being on a college campus while searching for a job is the abundance of resources available to students to enhance resumes, interview answers, and personal networks. Each school or college has career advisors available. The UW-Madison Writing Center also provides assistance with resumes by checking for typos, spelling errors, or grammar mistakes.
2. Network, network, network
By network, we don’t mean add your friends on LinkedIn. Your work colleagues, classmates and professors can all provide you with advice, inside information and recommendations. Check out events offered on campus or the professional organizations in the surrounding community because you will meet people who are directly connected to your interests. Plus, as the saying goes, “It’s all about who you know.”
3. Practice your interview skills
Even the most comfortable interviewee needs practice. Whether it’s controlling your pace, condensing your answers or developing specific work examples, everyone can improve somewhere. Look out for ‘mock interview’ opportunities where you are interviewed by a professional and then given feedback. It’s a great learning experience. If you can’t do that, print out interview questions online and practice in front of the mirror. The more you do it, the more confident you will be.
4. Start early
Although it’s already April, it’s always better to start early. You’ll have more time to prepare and develop a strong portfolio of work pieces and experiences. “Starting early” might vary depending on what field you are want to work in.
5. Know your strengths
It seems like an easy thing to do, but be able to list a few of your strengths that make you unique. Go beyond “I’m a strong communicator” or “I’m a motivated worker” and get specific. Good examples might include “I’ve designed car parts for the Formula team” or “I can develop a short film from script to post-production.” This will make you stand out in applications.
6. Be persistent
If you didn’t get your dream job or internship, make sure to be persistent and apply for different opportunities. A job you never expect to like may be a great learning experience in the long run. We recommend checking out various career websites or the student job center to see a large range of internships or job positions.
— Kelsey O’Hara